After five weeks on the Big Island of Hawaii, it was time to say goodbye. Before flying all the way to South Korea, though, I squeezed in a few days on Oahu, another Hawaiian island, since my flight connection went through Honolulu anyways. I was quite active during these 5 days: went all the way up to the North Shore, took the bus that goes along the coast around half the island to get back to Honolulu. I walked up Diamond Head, went swimming on Waikiki Beach, explored downtown Honolulu and some less touristy spots than Waikiki, and had coffee at pretty much every specialty coffee shop in town.
Last October, I went on a five-week trip to Hawaii to visit my uncle and his wife, who moved there a few years ago and started a farm. Besides growing all sorts of delicious fruits and vegetables, they grow coffee, which was the primary reason for my visit. I made a few short videos about coffee processing and about their farm and a website for their coffee business. What’s more, I got to experience the whole process from tree to cup and learned a whole lot about the wonderful plant. They live in Kailua-Kona, on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island.
In September, Seraina and I went to New York City. It was my first trip there in a while and the first ever trip for Seraina, so I was super excited to take her to all the beautiful places and show her everything I love about this city. Or at least as much as we could fit in two weeks, which was quite a bit. And of course, we had to go and see Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Lady Liberty and all the other famous sights as well.
I hadn’t been to New York City since September 2014. This September – two years later – I finally got to go back. Seraina and I bought a super cheap ticket and booked us a nice and cozy Airbnb in Bed-Stuy.
Luckily, we were able to schedule our trip so I could attend NYCWLK 2.0, a photo walk initiated by Johnny and Rebecca Patience. I didn’t attended the walk the previous year, neither have I been to LNDNWLK, so I didn’t really know what to expect. In addition to the walk, they offered a black & white photography and darkroom printing workshop, which I signed up for.
After the redesign of my website, it’s time to start posting and tell you about some of the things I experienced throughout the last year or so. This has been delayed again because of technical difficulties with the new website.
We’ll start with a series of photos taken in one of New York City’s most popular parks, The High Line. Ever since I first visited this place a few years back, the railway track turned urban park has been one of my favorite places to withdraw from the fast pace of the city. I wanted to limit my taking photos to a small area of the city this time and decided to exclusively shoot on the High Line during that last visit.
Some black-and-white shots, taken in January and February in New York with my new old Pentax K1000. As cold and annoying the weather was, the snow that covered Williamsburg, looks really nice on photos.
Finally back to New York! I only stayed for less than a week, temperatures were freezing, I did not take all that many photos, but it was still great to be back. And I'm looking forward to the next time. The only warm day was the one before my flight back, it was around 13°/55° and the sun was shining. The next day, it was snowing heavily. My flight was delayed for four hours and the gate was changed three or four times. After changing to a rebooked plane in Berlin, my bag did not arrive in Zurich with me.
After about seven weeks in South America I came back to the city that never sleeps and stayed for another five days. Part of the footage for NYC in Motion was shot during these five days. Plus all the other photos posted here… I found some nice street art in Williamsburg, watched the sun setting behind the Flatiron Building and picked a real cold night to shoot some cityscapes in DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park.
NYC in Motion, a timelapse short film of the world’s most fascinating city.
I was stopping by in New York City between Christmas Day and January 3 before heading to Latin America. As always, the days went by way too fast. And as always, I had an awesome time in the city that never sleeps.